Carson Pass is the Sierra Crest mountain pass over which State Route 88 crosses. The historic pass was a point on the Carson Trail during the California Gold Rush and was used for American Civil War shipping to California until the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the Carson Pass summit, which has California Historical Landmark #315 at CA 88 postmile 6.09 where Kit Carson carved his name into a tree.
Maiden's Grave :
In 1850, Rachel Melton was buried west of Carson's Pass. Her family was traveling from Iowa when Melton, a young girl, became ill. The family camped out with a goal to improve on Melton's health, but she died. The site is a California Historical Landmark.